H. R. 7207
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
September 28, 2008
Mr. Inslee introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce
To amend the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Organization Act to improve the process of reallocation of spectrum from Federal government uses to commercial uses.
This Act may be cited as the
Spectrum Relocation Improvement Act of
Rights and responsibilities of federal entities in the spectrum relocation process
Eligible federal entities
Section 113(g)(1) of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Organization Act (47 U.S.C. 923(g)(1)) is amended to read as follows:
Eligible federal entities
Any Federal entity, as defined in subsection (i), that
operates a Federal Government station assigned to a band of eligible
frequencies, as described in paragraph (2), and that incurs relocation costs
because of the reallocation of frequencies from Federal use to non-Federal use
shall receive payment for such costs from the Spectrum Relocation Fund if the
Federal entity is found by the Office of Management and Budget
OMB) to comply with the requirements of this section and
section 118. For purposes of this paragraph, Federal power agencies exempted
under subsection (c)(4) that choose to relocate from the frequencies identified
for reallocation pursuant to subsection (a) are eligible to receive payment
Public information on relocation process
Section 113(g) of such Act (47 U.S.C. 923(g)) is amended by redesignating paragraph (6) as paragraph (7) and by inserting after paragraph (5) the following new paragraph:
Public notice of relocation plans
Not later than 60 days after the date on which the NTIA, on behalf of eligible Federal entities and after review by OMB, notifies the Commission of estimated relocation costs and timelines for such relocation as required by subsection (g)(4)(A), NTIA shall post on its website detailed transition plans from each of the eligible Federal entities. Each Federal entity’s transition plan shall provide the public with the following information about its spectrum relocation requirements:
Current use of the spectrum.
Geographic location of the Federal entities’ facilities or systems.
Frequency bands used by such facilities or systems, described by geographic location.
The steps to be taken by the Federal entity to relocate its current spectrum uses from the eligible frequencies, detailed according to timelines for specific geographic locations in sufficient detail to indicate when use of such frequencies at specific locations will be shared between the Federal entity and the commercial licensee.
The specific interactions between eligible Federal entities and NTIA needed to implement the transition plan.
The professional staff, including managers, who are responsible for the Federal entity’s relocation efforts and who are authorized to meet and negotiate with commercial licensees regarding the relocation process.
The Federal entity’s plans and timeline for using relocation funds received from the Spectrum Relocation Fund.
The Federal entity’s plans and timeline for procuring new equipment and additional personnel needed for the relocation.
The Federal entity’s plans and timeline for field-testing and deploying new equipment needed in the relocation.
The Federal entity’s plans and timeline for hiring and relying on contract personnel, if any.
Risk factors in the relocation process that could affect the Federal entity’s fulfillment of its transition plan.
To be eligible to receive payment for relocation costs from the Spectrum Relocation Fund—
Federal entities shall make the transition plans described in this subsection available to NTIA at least 60 days prior to the date that NTIA must make such plans publicly available on its website pursuant to subparagraph (A), in a common format to be specified by NTIA after public input; and
plan shall be evaluated by a standing 3-member technical panel (in this section
referred to as the
Technical Panel), which shall report to NTIA
and to the Federal entity, within 30 days after the plan’s submission to NTIA,
on the sufficiency of the plan under this paragraph, including whether the
required public information is included and whether proposed timelines and
estimated relocation costs are reasonable.
The Director of OMB, the Administrator of NTIA, and the Chairman of the FCC shall each appoint one member to the Technical Panel, and each such member shall be a radio engineer or technical expert not employed by, or a paid consultant to, any Federal or State governmental agency. NTIA shall adopt regulations to govern the workings of the Technical Panel after public notice and comment, subject to OMB approval, and the members of the Technical Panel shall be appointed, within 180 days of the date of enactment of the Spectrum Relocation Improvement Act of 2008.
If any of the
information otherwise required in subparagraph (g)(6) is
information, as that term is defined in section 798(b) of title 18,
United States Code, the Federal entity’s transition plan shall explain the
exclusion of any such information as specifically as possible, shall make all
relevant non-classified information available in its transition plan, and shall
discuss as a risk factor the extent of the classified information and the
effect on the relocation process of the classified
Sharing and coordination of spectrum between commercial licensees and Federal entities during relocation transition
Section 118 of such Act (47 U.S.C. 928) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsections:
Eligibility for payment of relocation costs
To be eligible to receive payment for relocation costs from the Spectrum Relocation Fund, a Federal entity must—
in its transition
plan for relocating its current spectrum uses, provide, to the fullest extent
possible, for sharing and coordination of eligible frequencies with commercial
licensees, including reasonable accommodation by the Federal entity for the use
of eligible frequencies by the commercial licensee during the period that the
Federal entity is relocating its spectrum uses (in this subsection referred to
during the transition period, make itself available, within 30 days after a written request, for negotiation and discussion with commercial licensees; and
during the transition period, make
available to a commercial licensee with appropriate security clearances any
classified information as that term is defined in section 798(b)
of title 18, United States Code, regarding the relocation process, on a
need-to-know basis, to assist the commercial licensee in the relocation process
with that Federal entity or other Federal entities.
Timely and successful completion of relocation
In addition to the conditions of paragraph (1), to be eligible to receive payment for relocation costs from the Spectrum Relocation Fund, a Federal entity must—
complete the relocation of its current spectrum uses not later than 1 year after the date upon which funds are transferred to the entity to fund the relocation unless, prior to the date that NTIA is required to post publicly the Federal entity’s transition plan, the Federal entity receives written approval from OMB, with advice of NTIA, for a different time period for completion; and
make available to NTIA, not later than 15 days prior to the date that is the halfway point of the time period described in subparagraph (A), a complete update of its transition plan. NTIA shall post such update publicly on its website not later than the date that is the halfway point of the time period described in subparagraph (A).
Nothing in paragraphs (1) or (2) shall be construed to adversely affect critical communications related to the mission of any Federal entity.
Subject to subsection (d), payments for relocation costs from the Spectrum Relocation Fund shall be made to an eligible Federal entity not later than 30 days after the grant of the first license following the close of the auction.
Dispute resolution process
If, during the spectrum relocation process, a dispute arises over the execution, timing, or cost of the Federal entity’s transition plan, either the Federal entity or the affected commercial licensee may seek resolution of the dispute from a 3-member dispute resolution board, consisting of a representative of OMB, NTIA, and the Commission, and chaired by the representative of OMB.
The dispute resolution board shall meet with representatives of the Federal entity and the commercial licensee together to discuss the dispute. The dispute resolution board may require the parties to make written submissions to it. The dispute resolution board shall rule on any dispute within 28 days after the date that the dispute was brought before it.
The dispute resolution board shall be assisted by the Technical Panel described in section 113(g)(6)(C).
Subject to OMB approval, NTIA shall adopt regulations to govern the working of the dispute resolution board and the role of the Technical Panel after public notice and comment within 180 days after the date of enactment of the Spectrum Relocation Improvement Act of 2008.
Appeals may be taken from decisions of the dispute resolution board to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit by filing a notice of appeal with that court within 30 days after the date of such decision. Each party shall bear its own costs and expenses, including attorneys’ fees, for any litigation to enforce this subsection or any decision rendered under it.